20 years ago I was a newbie on TV. I was a chiwariwap of then Cristy Per Minute & Showbiz Lingo. I frequented The Library with my friends from ABS-CBN every Tuesday night after praying at Baclaran church. Tuwang-tuwa kami kay Roberto Mijares ang husay mag Madonna Medley. Sing & Dance ang bakla. It was then that Mamu, Andrew de Real aproached me, and asked me to have a special show at The Library. “Naku Mamu, hindi po ako magaling kumanta”. He quipped, “Diyos ko si Phillip Lazaro hindi kumakanta!”. It took months. The theater person in me kicked in. Im afraid to perform in front if people drinking beer & eating sisig. Then Mamu had an idea. “Guest ka muna. May bago akong grupo. Tres Flores. Si Martin, Hans Mortel at Vivorah Vivorah”. The deal was, if i liked it, then i will have a solo show at The Library. Tres Flores became one of The Library’s most repeated shows. Parang every month yata may repeat. Then came Louie Santos & Orlando Occ who approached me during our yearly Puerto Galera Holyweek Vacay. They said, “Gusto ni Mamu mag produce kami ng show sa Library. Papayag kami pero ikaw sana gusto namin”. My God! How can I say no to these two strangers I just met? Paano ka tatanggi sa mga tao hindi mo kilala pero naniniwala sa kakayahan mo?
Then came “Korek Ka John!”. My first solo stand-up comedy show at The Library. After 4 repeats, me & Mamu had more shows together. At lahat may repeat, may bumibili e. Might as well. The rest is history. Kaya naman when I accepted my 2 Aliw Awards for Best Stand-up Comic, si Andrew De Real II ang una lagi sa listahan ng papasalamatan. Mamu, gave me a another face. Another feather in my cap ika nga. A more adventurous me. Mas matapang, mas kayang harapin ang mas matinding hamon, “mas”. Now, kahit ilang beer pa at sisig ang kainin ng guest, kayo ko silang harapin! I will be forever grateful Mamu….I am John Lapus. I am a Librarian.